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When I kept clown loaches for the first time, I thought 2 would be enough but after reading this website and learn how to quarantine them, I now keep 6 clown loaches with 6 tiger barbs and they shoal together along with 3 bala sharks in a 12 GALLON AND 2 FEET tank although they say they must be kept in tanks around 5 feet or larger tanks.
Thanks Dr Jungle for this info! Keep it up!
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Love this website as when I learn what temperature, ph value, water hardness and amount of medicine should put in, my clown loach survived from ich during quarantine and now they are shoaling with my tiger barbs and come to think of it, tiger barbs are the best tankmates for clown loaches as you can see obvious interaction between them. Now a days, I check out this website every time I go online as this website is one of the best fishkeeping instructions websites (although it does not mention some fishes such as rainbow sharks).
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A future hint, ich parasites cannot live in temperatures over 83 degrees. Keep your tank above 84 and grab a bottle of coppersafe(r) you'll be okay on 2 weeks...guaranteed from personal experience.
You should never use coppersafe with any scaleless fish (loaches, knifefish, mormyrids, etc) because it contains copper, which is extremely harmful to scaleless fish.
I have 2 clown loaches in a 29 gal with 3 platys 2 danios 1 algae eater and 3 kulhili loaches. Is the tank too small for the clown loaches or just fine? Any suggestions would be great. They are the coolest fish to watch and stand out the most. I would reccomend them to any one wanting a pure fresh water tank.
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I would upgrade your tank to anywhere from a 32 gallon to a 240 depending on the kind of algae eater you have. But, your tank is already slightly overstocked regardless.
I have just purchased a larger aquarium, 380 litres, and moved my gang of 7 clown loaches, 4 large 6 to 7 inches long, and 3 small 2 inches long. They think it's their birthday, chasing each other around the tank which they share with 2 weather loaches, 6 inches 2 hoplo cats 4 inches, an upsidedown cat 3 inches, 3 glass cats 3 inches, 3 swordtails, 2 mollies, various guppies, 4 lemon tetra, a dozen neons, and 2 plecs. All live happily together. My oldest clown is nearly 17 years old and still swims like a young'un. Just treated them to a fluval 405 external up from a 305. And they love prawns, the loaches that is.
I have two clown loaches, various tetras and one red-tailed shark (the largest among these fish) in a 55 gallon tank. The clowns are funny. They spent months trying to evict the red-tailed shark from his home (a fake tree stump) until I felt sorry for the shark and purchased a larger one for him so the clowns could have his old home (a half of a cocanut shell). Have been creating new stone structures in the tank because both the shark and the clowns like hiding places and are now getting much bigger than I thought they would get when I purchased them. Probably need to get a larger tank soon. I have so much fun watching these intelligent and entertaining clowns loaches, and their bond with each other and interaction with other fish, that I gave up watching T.V.
Mirjana in Colorado
I love these guys!! The local aquarium had four of them, I didn't want to split them up so I bought all 4. It didn't take them too long to get comfortable in my tank; they hid for the first 30 minutes or so, but now they're all out swimming the full length of the tank.
We have recently bought a clown loach - despite being told at the shop they can be shy and reclusive, ours is one of the liveliest fish in the aquarium! He is always out and about, we only have one at the moment but he seems happy enough on his own, and gets along well with all the others, especially the small corys. Would like another, they are beautifully marked.
Tiger loaches are any loach with the Syncrossus genus. Calling a Clown "Tiger" is an insult to their peaceful, playful nature. Read the comments and description about the Berdmores Loach to find out what Tiger loaches are like, whereas Clowns will be playful even when they're 8+ inches long and 30+ years old. Also, putting Clowns into a 30 gallon tank (which is actually a small tank, not a 'fairly large' tank) will probably begin to stunt its growth after a couple years, causing stress and lower quality of life, they are recommended by actual loach experts to never be bought unless you are able to put them in a 180 gallon tank once they hit a certain length. They are very fast swimmers and require a lot of room for zipping around the tank playfully. Also, don't be alarmed if you find them piled up, squished inside a small hole. They like to do that, and part of why they got their name... they act like clowns.
I have 2 clown loaches. They are about a 1 1/2 yrs old and I absoulty love them! They do a "dance" where them swim up and down the tank and they do this for minutes at a time. They love to chase one another around the tank and also hide. I originally bought them to fix a snail problem that I had and let me tell ya, they were soooo worth the money. I had about 40-50 baby snails from a live plant and between the 2 loaches, the snails were gone within 3 days. They were little when I got them and now they are around 5-6 inches. When we first bought them they hid all the time but then we bought a new 70 gallon tank and they only hid for the first few days and now all they do is swim around. 1 hides more than the other but in the evening, they both come out to play. I would be totally devastated if something happens to either one of them. They are just so neat!
I recently just purchased two clown loaches. The store I purchased them from the owner has been dealing with fish for years. Any way he told me I could put them in my tank with my Semi Agressive Cichlids as he has three or four in a large 110 gallon display tank in in his store with all agressive and semi agressive cichlids. On only my secound day one is very reclusive almost seems sick. I have a 75 gallon tank, temperature between 79 and 80, plenty of hiding places, and small to medium cichlids. The other one seems to be getting along ok so far, do you think this is a good idea to keep in this tank or does the other loach just need adjustment time. The tank has been established before but I just started it back again up about a month ago, because I did a tear down to move it to different room. The water quality is good with high PH.